CES 2012: Epson’s Android-powered Moverio BT-100 – 3D, transparent head-mount display

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Epson Moverio BT-100

Let me just start by saying this. For those who have never experienced the Consumer Electronics Showcase, otherwise known as CES — the world’s largest electronics convention held each year in Las Vegas, it is an absolute mind-blower. This is my first time at the show and I’ve already convinced myself that this will be a ritual in my life for many years to come. That being said, after day 3 of CES 2012, I’ve seen a total of one — yes, only one — product that has completely blown my mind. That product is the Epson Moverio BT-100 — the world’s first-ever 3D, transparent head-mount display unit, powered by our beloved Android OS.

The Moverio BT-100 consists of a set of see-through multimedia glasses and a pocket-sized control unit, powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo). The device offers web browsing capabilities and allows users to watch content from most websites including MPEG-4 videos, files or applications and side by side 3D viewing on the move. The control unit features dedicated buttons for commonly used functions and and a touch-sensitive trackpad. WiFi connectivity, a 4GB SD card, 1GB of internal memory and a convenient storage case are all included with the Moverio.

The image produced by the Moverio is simply unbelievable. It’s unfortunate that I cannot convey to you how cool this product is with words alone — this is one of those “Gotta see it to believe it” pieces of technology that will leave you amazed after your first experience and dying to get your hands on a unit you can call your own. The display is a “large perceived image” — equal to viewing a 320-inch screen from a distance of 20 meters. Viewing mode can be toggled between 2D and 3D, with the latter viewing mode offering a truly enjoyable, pain-free 3D viewing experience.

While no official date has been set on US pricing or availability, the Moverio BT-100 was officially unveiled last November in Japan, and is expected to be available in the States in the very near future. We’ll be patiently awaiting its arrival, and looking forward to getting our hands on one of these babies for an all-out nerdfest.

Key Features
Transparent lenses for see-through viewing
Large perceived image – equivalent to watching a 320-inch screen from 20 meters away
QHD screen resolution (one quarter of a Full HD display)
Android™ 2.2 platform and Adobe Flash player for easy web browsing and faster application speeds
Easy access to the internet with Wi-Fi connectivity
Easy-to-use control unit, featuring dedicated buttons and touch-sensitive trackpad
Carry case and battery charger
Store content on the 4GB SDHC card (included)
Up to 32GB memory capacity for large file storage
Built-in 1GB internal memory
Watch side-by-side 3D content
Replacement nose pads and adjustable side arms
Fits over glasses
Intuitive smart-navigation user menu
Digital user guide enables quick, helpful problem solving whenever needed
Enjoy both audio and visual content with a pair of Dolby Mobile2 stereo sound earphones (included)
Six hour battery life
Removable transparent lens shade

Source: Epson

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Tony Simons
Android addict would be the two words I would use to describe myself. It’s the first thing I check in the morning, and the last thing I check before bed. I’m 30 years old, my first Android phone was the G1, shortly after its launch. I have also owned a myTouch 3G, and I have a myTouch 4G, which I am absolutely in love with. Other than Android, I’m a father, brother, college student, and almost-full-time employee at a local brewery/restaurant here in the cornfields of Iowa. If there’s anything you’d like to know, please feel free to hit me up. I’m a pretty nice guy, and I respond as quickly as I can. Thanks for stopping by!

  • NuLL.n.VoiD

    …and if you have glasses — NO SOUP FOR YOU!

  • NuLL.n.VoiD

    …and if you have glasses – NO SOUP FOR YOU!

  • NuLL.n.VoiD

    And if you have glasses…NO SOUP FOR YOU!

    • http://www.androidspin.com Stormy Beach

      Hmm, says they fit over glasses. I don’t wear any, although I should. Should be interesting to test out the glasses aspect though. We will see what we can dig up.

  • http://www.google.com/ Kalie

    This post has helped me think things torhugh

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